af2 week 14 game recaps
July 3, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release
FRIDAY, JUNE 30
MACON KNIGHTS 38, Memphis Xplorers 33 (2,348)
MACON, Ga. - The Macon Knights upset the Memphis Xplorers, 38-33, on Friday night at Piedmont Sports Medicine Complex Field at the Macon Coliseum. The Knights fell behind only once in the game and OS Chavis McCollister caught the game-winning score and was awarded the Cutters Catch of the Game for that touchdown catch. McCollister also received the Schutt Offensive Player of the Game Award for his performance. The second-year performer caught seven passes for 124 yards and all five of QB Chad Elliott's passing touchdowns. The Knights fans saw the Macon offense use some plays that have not been used this season. One play that surprised the Xplorers defense was a screen pass to tight end Andre Slappey. Slappey caught the pass and ended up 17 yards downfield. Slappey also stepped up on defense and came through with a sack late in the game to halt the momentum of the Xplorers. The sack also extended his lead for career sacks to 3.5 ahead of Ed Wangler. Wangler, however, did pass Slappey for most sacks in a season with eight after recording a sack as well. The ADT Defensive Player of the Game was Knights WR/LB Jamaal Garman, who posted three tackles and one interception. U.S. Army Ironman of the Game honors went to Macon's Matt Jackson, who recorded 10.5 tackles, two pass breakups and one interception in the end zone to preserve the Knights lead. The Xplorers were led offensively by QB Brian Jones. Jones completed 26-of-42 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two costly interceptions. WR/DB Terrance Quattlebaum also contributed on offense with nine catches for 101 yards and one touchdown. Quattlebaum also helped keep things close with his defensive effort of seven total tackles and one fumble recovery that he returned for 24 yards for a touchdown. Macon improved to 5-7 with the win while Memphis fell to 9-4.
SATURDAY, JULY 1
Green Bay Blizzard 48, FLORIDA FIRECATS 47 (5,745)
ESTERO, Fla. - The Florida Firecats failed on a two-point conversion with 13 seconds to play which resulted in a 48-47 loss to the Green Bay Blizzard on Saturday night at Germain Arena. The Firecats were in the same situation last year in Green Bay, but the outcome was the opposite. Florida completed the two-point conversion and won by the same, 48-47, score. The Blizzard scored on their first two possessions, one on a catch by WR/LB Robert Garth and the other on a run by FB/LB Peter Lazare. The scores gave Green Bay a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Firecats finally got on the board when WR/DB Ethenic Sands scored on a three-yard run. A missed extra point made the score, 14-6. On the ensuing kickoff, Luke Leverson, the U.S. Army Ironman of the Game, returned the kick 58 yards for a touchdown to give the Blizzard a 21-6 advantage. A touchdown pass from Schutt Offensive Player of the Game Chris Wallace to Magic Benton, a fumble by Green Bay QB James MacPherson, and a touchdown reception by Sands tied the score at 21-21 at the half. The Firecats had the first possession in the second half and took advantage of it with a Wallace-to-Brent Burnside 43-yard scoring pass. Green Bay got another score from Garth, but missed the extra point, meaning the Firecats held a 28-27 edge on the scoreboard. The teams then traded long touchdown passes to tie the score at 34-34. Florida started the final quarter with Wallace hitting Benton for an 18-yard touchdown and a 41-34 lead. Green Bay then tied it at 41 when MacPherson found Brent Holmes in the end zone. The Blizzard then mounted a long drive and scored on a quarterback sneak by MacPherson that left the Firecats with just 56 seconds to make up a 48-41 deficit. A 23-yard kick return by Tellis gave Florida great field position to start its final drive. With only 13 seconds left, Wallace found Sands for a score that put the Firecats down only one. Instead of going for the tie, the Firecats attempted a two-point try for the win. Wallace's conversion pass intended for Burnside went incomplete as the ball bounced off his fingertips. The onside kick was recovered by the Firecats, but didn't go the required 10 yards. MacPherson then ran out the clock to seal the Green Bay win. A Florida victory would have guaranteed the team a first round home playoff game. The Blizzard, winners of three consecutive games, improved their record to 8-5. The Firecats fell to 9-3 overall.
Spokane Shock 46, ARKANSAS TWISTERS 23 (5,192)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The expansion Spokane Shock clinched a playoff spot in just their first season of play thanks to an impressive, 46-23, road win Saturday night in Arkansas. The Twisters struck first when Delenell Reid returned the opening kickoff 41 yards to the Spokane 11-yard line and David Carlton hit for a 20-yard field goal to give Arkansas a 3-0 lead. Spokane answered by driving down field and Raul Vijil scored on a two-yard run. Jon Koker's extra point put the Shock out front, 7-3. The Twisters marched down field and scored their first touchdown of the night when QB Walter Church found OS Robert Kilow for a 10-yard score to give Arkansas the lead again at 10-7. The touchdown catch was Kilow's 20th on the season, becoming just the fifth receiver in team history to accomplish the feat. Spokane QB Kyle Rowley had the hot hand during the game and led the Shock to six of the next eight scores in the game. He found WR/DB Charles Frederick three times in the first half as Spokane built a 27-17 lead at halftime. The Shock began the second half in the same fashion they ended the first with Rowley finding Frederick again to extend their lead to 33-17. Kegan Coleman scored on a 6-yard pass from Church on the ensuing drive for the Twisters only score of the second half. Rowley threw two more touchdowns to put the final score at 46-23. Church finished 16-of-31 for 147 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Kilow caught a team- high nine passes for 69 yards and one touchdown. The Twisters vaunted sack combination of Steve Watson and C. J. McLain were held at bay for most of the game with McLain getting the team's only sack when the game was already decided. Rowley earned Schutt Offensive Player of the Game honors after completing 32-of-41 passes for 243 yards and six touchdowns. Frederick caught a game-high 15 passes for 144 yards and five scores, earning U. S. Army Ironman of the Game honors. Spokane DS Rob Keefe earned ADT Defensive Player of the Game honors with three tackles and two interceptions. Spokane improved to a league-best 10-2 on the season while the Twisters fell to 8-5.
Rio Grande Valley Dorados 61, BOSSIER-SHREVEPORT BATTLE WINGS 48 (2,933)
BOSSIER CITY, La. - The Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings lost their starting quarterback and their leading receiver to injury and never recovered, falling at home to the Rio Grande Valley Dorados, 61-48, on Saturday night at CenturyTel Center. Stan Hill, a rookie from Marshall, started at quarterback for the second week in a row, but suffered a broken collarbone on the Battle Wings' first offensive possession. J.J. Raterink, who started the first ten games of the season, came into the game and threw two first-half interceptions, which led directly to Rio Grande Valley scores. Anthony Chambers, who is Bossier-Shreveport's most potent offensive and kick return threat, suffered a quad injury in the second half and didn't return. The Battle Wings defense had a couple of bright moments late in the game as Phillip Geiggar and Terrell Sutton intercepted Josh Kellet passes, but by then the game was already out of reach. Raterink connected with Vernard Abrams for a 16-yard touchdown pass with 9:03 remaining in the game to cut the Rio Grande Valley lead to 14, 54-40. However, the Battle Wings were unable to recover an ensuing on-side kick. The Dorados responded in quick fashion as Kellett connected with Dwight Counter on the first play of the possession for a 41-yard touchdown that upped Rio Grande Valley's lead to 21, 61-40. The Dorados swept the game awards, led by Counter, who earned Schutt Offensive Player of the Game honors with eight catches for 161 yards and four scores. Brent Withers earned ADT Defensive Player of the Game honors with three tackles and one pass breakup. Chris Canty (3 catches, 46 yards, 1 TD, 3 KR for 51 yards, 2 tackles) played well on both sides of the ball and was named U.S. Army Ironman of the Game. Kellett's performance (20-of-28 passing, 336 yards, 6 TDs, 2 INTs) was also impressive considering it was his first game back from a six-week layoff due to a broken hand. Raterink paced Bossier-Shreveport by completing 25-of-38 passes for five touchdowns, two of which went to Chambers. Chambers also ran for one touchdown. The Dorados improved to 6-7 with the win, while the Battle Wings dropped to 2-10.
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